Conor Friedersdorf picks a fight for me, and (being stupid) I engage. It's impossible for this not to sound like bullshit, and maybe a little of it is, but I genuinely admire Wilkinson in some ways. He is every bit as smart as everybody says he is. If I'm being honest, that's part of the reason I am so intent on needling him. He knows approximately a million times as much as I do about economics, among other things, and I have to admit, unlike many libertarians who claim the same, he really does care about people. But I have a deep aversion to those who believe in one truth or one mechanism to advance human kind, and it seems as if Wilkinson believes economic growth is just that truth or that mechanism. Anyway, Conor is right, and I shouldn't tug the tail of the tiger. But I do disagree with him, and I do think that libertarianism writ large has done a shockingly bad job of evolving in the face of events.
I'll be hiding in the bushes.